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Monday, April 23, 2007

Today's Globe: food ads for kids, terror replayed, psychiatric residents in Ethiopia, estrogen, ice, hospitals launch insurance drive

There is mounting scientific evidence of advertising's culpability in the nation's obesity epidemic -- and intensifying pledges to do something about it.

As if the images of injured students and mourning families and the gunman's own video were not disturbing enough during the day, for many people, the killings at Virginia Tech may continue to haunt them after they turn off the light.

Earlier this year, two psychiatric residents from Massachusetts General Hospital traveled to an Addis Ababa hospital as the first participants in a program set up by the hospitals to ease the burden on Ethiopia's doctors and to help teach the country's newest psychiatry residents -- all three of them.

Also in Health/Science, meet science historian Janet Browne, learn about the difference between estrogen patches and pills and ice melting at the North and South poles.

In Business, Massachusetts hospitals and community health centers are launching a drive to educate business owners and employees, particularly at smaller firms, about the significant responsibilities and costs they will face under the state's mandatory health insurance expansion.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 05:43 AM
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